(Central News Agency) Russian state television showed Russian President Vladimir Putin today inspecting the Crimean Bridge linking the Crimea peninsula to southern Russia, which was hit by an explosion in October.

It was the closest Vladimir Putin has come to the front lines of the war since Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24.

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The Crimean Bridge (Crimean Bridge) exploded in early October this year. Russia blamed Ukraine for the attack. After that, Russia rushed to repair and resume traffic. Now Putin drove to inspect the bridge himself.

Putin, 70, was also briefed by Deputy Prime Minister Marat Khusnullin on bridge repairs and spoke to construction workers.

On October 8, an explosion occurred on the Crimea Bridge, causing part of the bridge deck to be damaged. The Moscow authorities claimed that Ukraine was responsible for the attack.

Russia began targeting Ukraine's energy infrastructure in October and causing a nationwide blackout after Russian troops suffered a humiliating military defeat on the Ukrainian front.